Mr. Majestyk

Mr. Majestyk

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal

     
 

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Elmore Leonard's script for Mr. Majestyk was, like his novel, supposed to have concentrated on the plight of Chicano migrant workers; but what emerged on screen was extensively reshaped into a standard Charles Bronson vehicle. Battle-weary Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk (Bronson) settles down in rural Colorado, hoping to make a living as a watermelon farmer.

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Elmore Leonard's script for Mr. Majestyk was, like his novel, supposed to have concentrated on the plight of Chicano migrant workers; but what emerged on screen was extensively reshaped into a standard Charles Bronson vehicle. Battle-weary Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk (Bronson) settles down in rural Colorado, hoping to make a living as a watermelon farmer. Despite his new-found pacifism, Majestyk can't seem to stay out of trouble, and he lands in jail, where he foils a breakout engineered by Mob boss Frank Renda (Al Lettieri). Offering to bring in Renda in exchange for his own freedom, Majestyk finds himself the main target of the Mob, who is also extorting vast sums of money from Vince's fellow farmers. It is bad enough when the crooks begin roughing up Majestyk's field hands; but when they ruthlessly machine-gun his entire melon crop, they've gone too far. Teaming up with Chicano labor activist Nancy Chavez (Linda Cristal) (any relation to Cesar?), Majestyk decides to track down the mobsters one by one and mete out retribution.

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This darkly witty action tale is one of the best Charles Bronson vehicles from the 1970s. Mr. Majestyk rises above its revenge melodrama roots thanks to a quirky, inspired script by veteran crime novelist Elmore Leonard; he populates the tale with unusual characters (this must be the only action movie with a melon farmer as the hero), packs the plot with plenty of unexpected twists, and works some interesting commentary about labor unions and police corruption into the action. Director Richard Fleischer handles the proceedings with economic style, keeping the action moving at a slick, steady clip, but giving the actors enough room to flesh out their roles. This was a wise choice because the role of Majestyk brings out Bronson's underrated skill for deadpan wit and Al Lettieri is a worthy equal to Bronson, blending machismo and offhand wit to create a menacing yet charismatic antagonist. Paul Koslo also steals a few scenes with an inspired character performance as a sniveling small-time crook who gets caught in the crossfire. All in all, Mr. Majestyk is a tight, nicely understated piece of work that is a must for Bronson fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2014
UPC:
0738329135522
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
24,850

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Vince Majestyk
Al Lettieri Frank Renda
Linda Cristal Nancy Chavez
Lee Purcell Wiley
Paul Koslo Bobby Kopas
Taylor Lacher Gene Lundy
Alejandro Rey Larry Mendoza
Jordan Rhodes Dep. Sheriff Harold Ritchie
Bert Santos Julio

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jack Baur Casting
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Robert Dawson Special Effects
Harold M. Etherington Sound/Sound Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Elmore Leonard Screenwriter
Walter Mirisch Producer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Philip Rhodes Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Majestyk
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [12:07]
3. Chapter 3 [7:17]
4. Chapter 4 [9:48]
5. Chapter 5 [11:11]
6. Chapter 6 [15:50]
7. Chapter 7 [16:40]
8. Chapter 8 [19:25]
9. Chapter 9 [11:18]

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Mr. Majestyk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charles Bronson gives a powerful performance as Mr. Majestyk. I am a big fan of his work.